Milan & Taking Photos with #NoFilter

Italy is my favourite country to go away to…the scenery is beautiful and the food is amazing. Two of the most important factors for me when looking for somewhere to go. We might manage to get over to Italy for a week this year, I’m hoping!…all depends on work really.

I did want to show you a few pics from a previous trip to the Milan area of Italy. London City Airport have been running a competition for bloggers to enter pics of various cities which have #NoFilter applied. Basically, they are looking for pics that haven’t been through Instagram, Snapseed etc. – this is the turn of Milan as the star city with Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy as the judge and I thought I’d throw my hat in, seen as it’s a country I’m passionate about!

When I’m travelling, I tend to use a mixture of devices to take photos…I do snap pics using Instagram (often to share on “Facebook check ins”) on my Oppo N1 phone (it’s got a cool 13MB swivel camera), but I mainly concentrate on using my Fuji X-Pro 1 and Canon 5D. These are pretty decent cameras, but you don’t have to have an expensive camera to take a great #NoFilter photo. Great photography is all about having an eye for composition…what is it about the scene in front of you that’s beautiful? Don’t just stick the subject of your photo in the middle…where do you want your audience’s eye to move from and to? As for camera settings, have a good play with these on your camera. Automatic is great for quick shooting, but if you see a beautiful scene where you can take your time…mess around with the manual settings. You will probably find that you can achieve much deeper colours and contrast by doing this.

So…Milan! We had a fab time when we visited. My photos were taken on a Nikon D90 that time.

We loved the Museo Del Novecento in the Palazzo dell’Arengario which hosts a collection of 20th century art, focusing mainly on Italian works. This is probably my favourite photo from Milan. I love the way your eye travels around the photo.

Milan #NoFilter

Art is fantastic, but ask any of my friends back here in the UK and art isn’t really what Milan is known for.

The shopping! The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. The four-story double arcade is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.

Milan #NoFilter

I would say that this photo and the others below are pretty standard tourist photos…they are still good and there is, of course, a place for them. However my photography skills have developed a great deal since going to Milan. I’d still take these as a memory of the place, but I’d take more in the style of the first pic too.

I’d also like to develop my people photography skills more – I need to get over my shyness when snapping pics of people I don’t know (Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita gives some great tips for this and shows her own Milan photos here).

In Milan, beautiful expensive designer shops are around every corner. The cliché is true.

Milan #NoFilter

But any pics of Milan surely aren’t complete without the cathedral. It’s gorgeous…and very busy!

Milan #NoFilter

I hope you enjoyed these few pics. Milan is a lovely city to visit for a day or two and there’s also a great deal around this area too. We loved Bergamo and of course Lake Como, all definitely do-able with a cute little hire car (a Fiat 500, obvs!).

You can read London City Airport’s Guide to Milan too to give you some inspiration.

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1 Comment

  1. March 8, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    Ahhh omigosh, I was snooping your post and saw you gave me a shoutout!!!! I’m beyond ecstatic, that actually totally made my day, you have no idea 😀 I thought you got some really fabulous shots of Milan as well, my arty eye loves the first one but I also adore the Dolce&Gabbana window shot- sooooo Italy! Baci+hugs, Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita. <3

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